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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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Vertava CBT LPWhen used as part of an individualized treatment plan, cognitive-behavioral therapy can help participants take control of their thoughts, empowering them to take control of their recovery. Our cognitive-behavioral therapy for addiction treatment in Mississippi is a crucial part of the recovery process.

Learn more about CBT and our other addiction therapies at Vertava Health Mississippi by connecting with our team today at 844.470.0410.

What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps participants remove self-sabotaging thoughts which fuel drug or alcohol use. More specifically, it focuses on the way thoughts influence feelings and behaviors. By understanding how these elements are connected, our patients are better equipped to think and act in a way that supports sobriety.

As part of addiction treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy helps a person confront and cope with thought patterns and problems in their life which drive addictive behaviors. Vertava Health Mississippi offers CBT as part of our comprehensive treatment programs.

As opposed to psychoanalysis, which focuses heavily on the past, cognitive-behavioral therapy is a problem-oriented strategy that helps participants look at dysfunctional patterns within their current life. Past events aren’t ignored, however. In CBT, the focus is on helping patients identify and change current thoughts, emotional reactions, and behaviors that are damaging their life and recovery.

How We Use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Every person living under the weight of addiction has unique circumstances which brought them there. Identifying and treating personal issues that prompt drug or alcohol use helps to reduce triggers and self-destructive behaviors.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been shown to:

Left unaddressed, many of these issues may cause individuals to use drugs or alcohol as a means of avoiding the pain or discomfort caused by these situations.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help participants nurture their mental and emotional health. By learning to think in a more positive way, they are more apt to have balanced emotions and make healthier choices. In turn, these changes support recovery and continued abstinence from drugs and alcohol.

One of the greatest benefits of cognitive-behavioral therapy is its intensive approach and relatively short treatment time when compared to other therapies. Typically, participants may have weekly sessions for five to 20 weeks, totaling 10 to 20 sessions. The exact length of treatment and frequency of sessions may vary depending on an individual’s specific needs and treatment goals.

What to Expect in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Sessions at Vertava Health Mississippi

During a CBT session, the therapist will guide patients towards identifying and overcoming destructive and negative thoughts which could undermine their pursuit of sobriety. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can take place in an individual, group, or family setting, all of which can be helpful during addiction treatment.

At the first session, the therapist will explain the therapeutic process, answer any questions and evaluate the issues participants needs to work on. In the sessions that follow, the therapist will help the person work on clearly defined issues and goals which focus on them. To support these goals, participants may have homework. This may include practicing coping strategies and keeping track of any problematic thought patterns which arise.

In order for the therapist to recognize what participants need to work on, the individual in treatment needs to open up about their struggles. This includes talking about the thoughts and feelings which revolve around them.

While it can be initially hard for patients to open up and feel vulnerable, the more honest they are with themselves and their therapist, the greater their capacity for success.

Learn More About CBT by Reaching Out to Vertava Health Mississippi Today

Connect with the Vertava Health Mississippi team at 844.470.0410 or connect with us online to learn more about how cognitive-behavioral therapy for addiction treatment can help you heal.